Category Archives: Writing

January 19, 2019

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT

12 years – that’s how long Sara and I have been coming to Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, CT. We love this little public school with its art covered walls and rambling old building and we really do have friends here. Eastern used to be traditionally our last school of the year but overseas scheduling […]


December 2, 2018

How do you do what you do, do? Cuyahoga Community College

Alternative title: Being Crackpot Poets for Fun and Profit Sara and I sort of made up our jobs. Twenty years ago, I didn’t even know that what I am doing for a living now was even an option. In fact – according to recent research by Dell and the Institute For The Future 85% of […]


November 8, 2018

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

And the winner in our acronym competition is… East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio supports teachers and students in – surprise, East Central Ohio. We’ve worked with their teachers and students the last couple years. As much as we enjoy our international travel we love working with our fellow buckeyes any chance […]


October 20, 2018

Sara Holbrook wins the Jane Addams Peace Award for her novel: The Enemy

“You didn’t mention the ceviche.” I quipped – “No, I didn’t” said our sardonic waiter in a deadpan as heavy as the woodwork in the Tudor steakhouse where Sara and I dined with editor Carolyn Yoder after Sara’s receipt of the Jane Addams Peace Award for children’s books in the shadow of the UN building […]


May 23, 2018

Jakarta Intercultural School

We’re not going to let something like the library burning down slow us up. This was Sara and my fourth trip to Jakarta Intercultural School. If three times is a charm – four times is the magic summoned. These repeated visits allow us to really become friend with the folks we are working with and […]


April 25, 2018

Never Write a Rough Draft Again!

Why you should never write a rough draft. Well, first off, we believe that draft should be a verb in the writing classroom not a goal. Plus, there only seems to be two draft statuses – rough and final. We prefer to use the term Version – and title everything we begin working on Version […]


April 10, 2018

Dostyk American International School – Atyrau, Kazakhstan

You need a good reason to go to Atyrau, Kazakhstan. To go back a second time you need a damned good reason. Fortunately, Sara and I had one of the best reasons ever, to visit Dostyk American International School’s students and teachers and a couple of our dearest international friends Seamus and Theresa Marriott. Seamus […]


April 2, 2018

American International School of Bucharest

True story, we were surrounded by vampires. Okay, the American International School of Bucharest just may have the best school mascot ever. Who wouldn’t want to be a Fighting Vampire?! But, a boss mascot is not all the school has going for it. Librarians par excellence Stacey and John shepherded us through four fun and […]


March 30, 2018

Anglo American School of St. Petersburg

They say good things come in small packages. The Anglo-American School of St. Petersburg may not be as big in size and student body as their cousin in Moscow but they certainly don’t lack in enthusiasm or hospitality. School librarian Melissa takes care of the whole shebang grades k thru 12. She also took care […]


March 26, 2018

Anglo American School of Moscow

The Cold War is ostensibly over but that didn’t keep us from being picked up from our Anglo-American School of Moscow provided apartment by a spy. Or so I suspected from the info sheet given to us by Kris one of the librarians at the school. K. will pick you up at 11am to take […]


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